Controversial Offshore Wind Farm off Massachusetts Approved

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today approved the first offshore wind farm in the United States, a project that faced vocal opposition from local tribes and others.

Previous coverage on Planetizen here and here.

Salazar addressed the controversy at a press conference today (reported by The Boston Globe):

"Salazar said he had ordered modifications to "minimize and mitigate" the impact of the project that would "help protect the historical, cultural, and environmental resources of Nantucket Sound." He said his approval would require Cape Wind to conduct additional marine archaeological surveys and take other steps to reduce the project's visual impact."

Full Story: Interior secretary approves Cape Wind plan, nation's first offshore wind farm

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